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Credit: <> the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.
100. Alicia Keys

You guys love lists, and we love to start our holiday weekend early, so thanks VH1 for putting together this 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time countdown. (Spoiler Alert: No Wavves…) You should compare it to VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists Of Rock & Roll from 1998 (back when VH1 was VH-1) to see some of the overlaps/differences. For starters: The Top 5 “Rock” vs “Of All Time” is the same group, except for Jimi Hendrix who’s been pushed to No. 6. It’ll also give you an idea of how VH1 defines rock & roll. And how much it sucks to be the Eagles. Trivia: Which artist has drunkenly crashed his car the most times? Highest ranked artist to be pelted with plastic bottles? Did Biggie beat Tupac? Which version of Journey made it? But it’s not all about long-suffering has-beens: I, for one, am happy for Def Leppard.

100 Alicia Keys
99 Hall & Oates
98 Depeche Mode
97 Pretenders
96 Journey
95 OutKast
94 Mariah Carey
93 Pearl Jam
92 LL Cool J
91 Green Day
90 Elvis Costello
89 Beastie Boys
88 Bee Gees
87 George Michael
86 N.W.A.
85 The Band
84 Curtis Mayfield
83 Earth, Wind and Fire
82 Steely Dan
80 Mary J. Blige
79 Eminem
78 Judas Priest
77 Lynyrd Skynyrd
76 Run-D.M.C.
75 Rush
74 The Cure
73 Van Morrison
72 Janis Joplin
71 R.E.M.
70 Def Leppard
69 Tupac Shakur
68 Otis Redding
67 Coldplay
66 Justin Timberlake
65 The Doors
64 Talking Heads
63 Notorious B.I.G.
62 Genesis
61 Cream
60 Whitney Houston
59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
58 Cheap Trick
57 Iggy & The Stooges
55 Peter Gabriel
54 Public Enemy
53 Little Richard
52 Beyoncé
51 Billy Joel
50 Sade
49 Parliament-Funkadelic
48 Rage Against The Machine
47 Jay-Z
46 Ramones
45 Al Green
44 Joni Mitchell
43 Ray Charles
42 Metallica
41 Van Halen
40 The Police
39 The Kinks
38 Sly & The Family Stone
37 Fleetwood Mac
36 Paul McCartney
35 Johnny Cash
34 Tina Turner
33 Guns N’ Roses
32 Black Sabbath
31 John Lennon
30 Aerosmith
29 Radiohead
28 Elton John
27 Aretha Franklin
26 Neil Young
25 Chuck Berry
24 The Velvet Underground
23 AC/DC
22 The Clash
21 Bruce Springsteen
20 Marvin Gaye
19 U2
18 Pink Floyd
17 Queen
16 Madonna
15 The Beach Boys
14 Nirvana
13 The Who
12 David Bowie
11 Bob Marley
10 Stevie Wonder
09 James Brown
08 Elvis Presley
07 Prince
06 Jimi Hendrix
05 Bob Dylan
04 Rolling Stones
03 Led Zeppelin
02 Michael Jackson
01 The Beatles

Stereogum will be at ATP NY this weekend and will be sure to congratulate No. 57 if we see them at the Sportsman Bar. (We’ll livetweet via @stereogum if AT&T cooperates.)

Comments (1349)
  1. They are missing some good ones like Ozzy and Meat Loaf

  2. What else would you expect when “musicians” like John Legend and other modern rappers and shit have a vote. Billy Joel should be higher. It’s sad when the people commentsring during the show say something like “he had so many hits I can’t even count them on my hand!” then why the fuck is he not top 50? Elton John shura been higher, yank Prince out of the top 10, and give some credit to bands like The Allman Brothers, The Eagles, ELO, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Chicago, ZZ Top, and damn the list can go on and on… FUCK Coldplay!!!

  3. Are you kidding me…. where’s system of a down, Slayer, Kid cudi… seriously bob dylan…?!?!?!?!? And how does eminem rank in the 70′s when he’s changed the lives of so many. This is such a dissapointment.

    • Having Eminem in the 70′s shocked me he completely changed rap

    • i completely agree about eminem… he’s seriously the best rapper alive today. the only rappers that should be ahead of him are tupac & biggie (luckily they are) but yea i was pretty pissed when i saw that.

      • Emimem is a great rapper but if he was black he wouldn’t be held in such high regards like he is…I could tell you many rappers better than him and I’m sure he would tell you the same thing himself.

    • I love Kid Cudi, but I totally disagree about him being on this list. Though, since it’s so messed up anyway, why not, throw him up there. But this was supposed to be a list of all time greats. Kid Cudi’s talented but not really HIGHLY known…

  4. The only thing as bad as this list is the myriad horrible comments it has elicited. Double lose.

  5. Coldplay beat out Green Day? Are you F*N serious?

  6. Coldplay got a higher spot on the list than Green Day? Are you F*N serious?!!

  7. OMG how in the heck could the CLASH of all bands(vanhalen,deflepard,) get #22 ,i mean comon who the hell will remember who the heck the clash was after everyone from the 80s is dead, and were the hell was Chicago, good greif Eric clapton, who the heck made this list ?

    • First of all you obviously know nothing about the Clash. I bet the only Clash songs you know are should I stay or should I go and rock the casbah. Let me give you a little lesson on the Clash and maybe you’ll understand why they deserve number 22 on this list. They formed in 1976 and played throughout the 80s but at that point they were no longer what they used to be. The Clash were very inspirational and were one of the bands that led the punk revolution of the 70s. They were the only band, however, to evolve from that and come out with one of the greatest albums of all time, London Calling. They were very eclectic and had music ranging from rock and roll to reggae and even to funk. They were brave enough to speak out against politics and say what they really meant in a time where that wasn’t looked highly upon. So for all of these reasons (and more) the Clash deserve that spot at 22 and in my opinion should be even closer to 1.

    • Your a funny person. Your telling me Def Leopard (who I like) are better than the clash. lol The Clash are heavily deserving of that spot.

  8. did any vh1 people watch or see a patti labelle performance? or do they ever know her at all? im not a fan but she blows me away… watch her on any youtube list and you might change your list (that is if you know the definition of the word ARTIST)…
    and, where’s lionel richie, diana ross and bon jovi?
    how do you rate this list?
    GREATEST ARTIST should be michael jackson (singer, composer, dancer, actor, director, greatest performer on stage i have ever witnessed, best music videos ever, multi awardee, influential, charitable, king of pop, do i need to say more?)

  9. How could the Grateful Dead NOT be on this list??????


  11. No Smiths/Morrissey? No Jefferson Airplane? No Blondie? But…Hall & Oates?? Are they fuck*n’ kidding? Beyounce?/ Notorious Blubber? Yuck. And, I loved Def Leppard, but they do not belong on this list, nor does Cheap Trick..who i also liked. George Michael??..Good grief. Justin TIMBERLAKE? Who did he blow to get on this list?? What a joke.

  12. I understand this is subjective but…

    artists too close to #1:

    Cheap Trick
    The Beach Boys
    *definitely* Nirvana

    Artists not close enought to #1:

    Alicia Keys (top 80)
    Janis Joplin (top 40)
    Pearl Jam (top 75)
    The Doors (top 30)
    Rush (top 50)
    Pink Floyd (top 10)
    Queen (top 10)

    Where are:

    The Eagles?
    The Smashing Pumpkins?

    The Beatles are always chosen as #1 even when people don’t know why, they just pick them. There is no depth to The Beatles, it’s all fun pop. They have good tunes but that’s it. I’d either put Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin as #1. Prince should not be below Elvis, Pink Floyd, Queen, Neil Young, let alone be in the top 20. Aerosmith, AC/DC, and GN’R should definitely be no closer to #1 than Van Halen. The intelligence of Roger Waters is enough to throw Pink Floyd closer to #1 and Freddie Mercury’s talent.

    Why are Paul McCartney and John Lennon on here and not Eric Clapton? He’s probably had the most experience out of all these musicians.

    I don’t know how some of these guys are even on the list (Justin Timberlake, Green Day, Coldplay, etc.) Some don’t even make their own music! I’m glad to see Neil Young low on the list (one of the greatest).

    Overall a crappy list, oh well it’s VH1…

    • *To avoid confusion, my stating Freddy Mercury’s talent refers to Queen, not Pink Floyd (obviously, but not for those who are not familiar with them)

    • Your entire take is invalidated by your comments on the Beatles.

      • I’d love to argue with you but your opinion is your opinion. Invalid to some, valid to others. They are the history of pop, not rock. Cheers

        • brettb3….. ur my idol

        • What about the Beatles isn’t rock?
          Did they make some beautiful melodies that make you think they weren’t hard enough? I think helter skelter is the first attempt at punk by anyone. They wrote their own shit, they experimented with anything and everything. Yes it’s pop but the music they played was clearly rock and roll.

          Everyone thinks that just because they don’t get the Beatles that everyone else is wrong. Well your opinion isn’t original or valid. Every band on the list that you love would tell you the same thing. And Nirvana is very deserving of this list and their rank.

          • I’m sorry, your opinion is your opinion. If somebody here thinks the other is wrong, it’s you who thinks I am wrong. Proof: “Your opinion isn’t original or valid”. I don’t want to come off as an asshole but you’ve pushed me into a corner and I need to defend myself.

            You’re being hypocritical and narrow minded. You’re just another person that can’t stand to hear that someone feels that the Beatles don’t deserve the reigning position in music. I don’t care if my opinion isn’t original because neither is yours. (You clearly aren’t the first person to try to knock me down and tell me my OPINION is wrong). Opinion is neither right nor wrong. Once again, there’s no need to come off so hostile, I feel as though I offended your mother or something. It’s very simple to get the Beatles, they did start off as wanting to be a rock and roll band but they followed as their producer told them to, which ultimately change their style.

            I love them, but to be unwilling to let anyone think that they get a little more credit than they deserve only proves my point, so thank you.

            If anybody else wants to tell me my opinion is wrong please don’t. I’m sorry if I sound like a prick, but it’s my opinion and I obviously thought it up and felt it myself.

      • your a beatle loving faggot and i bet u give moustache rides for $5 AT TRUK STOPS

    • You my friend are a moron! You obviously have never listened to ANY Beatles music. Only their early music was pop tunes. Name a band that had more number one hits than the Beatles? Name a band that influenced more people in fashion, hair styles and musical styles? Nobody can ever top the brilliant song writing duo of Lennon and McCartney! They were amazing together!

      • I don’t mean to sound offensive but you are being quite the narrow minded bigot. I love the Beatles, and as you can see by others that posted, not referring to the Beatles as the greatest band ever is simply taboo. Can you prove that I ever said they didn’t have a lot of #1 hits? That’s what a pop band does, make hits. I happen to see Pink Floyd as a band with considerably more depth (best concept albums came from them), but you probably don’t agree. I believe that Roger Waters was a greater songwriter than both Lennon and McCartney, but you probably don’t. I can name many artists that show a similar or even greater musical influence like Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, BB King, Chuck Berry, etc. You’ve probably never even listened to some of them or even know who they are, but that’s fine with me. You have a differing opinion, that’s fine with me. You get my point here? I sincerely mean to offer no harm, just a taste of enlightenment. So, as Mr. McCartney once said, why not “live and let die”?

        • Yes yes yes! I am a narrow minded bigot! Although your assumption is based on absolutely NO facts and you know nothing about me! Oh and FYI, I love Pink Floyd. The Wall just happens to be my favorite album and actually I have very extended musical taste. I just happen to know every single one of the artists you named because I’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to many different genres of music. You make me laugh.

          • The Wall? We certainly do have different taste, I find Animals to be a better album and very overlooked. But anyways, you shouldn’t be so hostile. I made assumptions as you did about my taste in music. Instead of attacking me and fending for the Beatles why don’t you look at what you’ve typed and admit your faults as have I.

            I’m done here, I’ve only wasted my time and yours, but my stance with the Beatles remains. If I had one song to use to describe the Beatles, it would be “Welcome to the Machine” from Wish You Were Here.

            Goodbye and good day.

    • Clapton made as part of Cream

    • Great post!
      While I understand this list is subjective and everyone will want their favorite artists high on the list people need to be realistic.
      I also think that in order to be considered a top artist you need to write your own music, play your own music as well as be influential. That would knock a lot of this list though, especially some of the newer fan favorites.

      If people say the list is judged on influence where is Grand Master Flash?
      How about….

      Lionel Richie? Phil Collins/Genisis?

      Clapton HAS to be up there on the list and I didn’t even see him on the list, that is a JOKE!

      What about Trevor Rabin, how much writing has he done for some popular movies, artist let alone what he did for Yes? Granted he didn’t do anything solo so that is probably why he is not on the list.

      Again it is how you define “artist” because I think Rush in what I define as an artist would be WAY up there on the list. They have evolved over time and they were heavily influential on some of the artists that are higher then them. Not to mention how good they are at playing their music.

      I have to agree that VH1 has some BAD choices when it comes to their lists!

      • Yes alone should be there, Yes is just an amazing band and Steve Howe is one of my all time favorite guitarists. Fragile is a great album and Tales from Topographic Oceans is an amazing concept album. Very unique band.

      • Clapton was an innovator just as Hendrix was, yet no love… Also would have liked to see Styx up there, especially if they are gonna give props to someone like Justin Timberlake almost half way down the list…. Most of these newer artists don’t even write their own music (Beyonce and JT for example). Songs like “Single Ladies” have taken over the airwaves, sending classics like Clapton to a grave in the back of the entertainment department at your local wal-mart… It takes the death of Michael for people to realize how important he was as an artist (not a defendant in court). So from here on out, we must suffer through “waking up in the morning feeling like P.Diddy” until another great passes away, at which point we can hear over priviledged kids talk about how these people inspired them so much that they voted them no. 77 on the best artists of all time, just behind the guy who brought sexy back. It sucks

        • Clapton is so so very overlooked. He is still throwing music out today, and it still sounds good. I just love that he stays out of the limelight. I wish he got more credit, but I wouldn’t change a thing about him.

    • Go buy Abbey Road you fucking twat. The Beatles are the opposite of pop. When they came out, they were the most original band of all time. They are still the greatest band of all time as well, and to argue that would just be fruitless. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the greatest album of all time. You have no idea what you are talking about.

  13. how can the doors be 65? they should be way higher. vh1 is crazy jim morrision was def a icon and an artist to change the music industry forever

  14. hey what about bowie?sade beat bowie?she had one good record he lasted for decades!

  15. i personally love nirvana, they should be at least in the top ten, and ppl, artists, not vh1, voted for the list

    • Nirvana can suck it overated!!! Alice n Chains was before them and better! And what the hell no srv or the eagles. Vh1-assholes

      • Agree 100% Nirvana is probably one of the most overated bands in history, no way a band that made 3 albumns and had really 1 Good or Great song depending on taste should be 1 position behind one of the greatest bands of all time the F-ng WHO, get the f out out here. I also mention AIC, Pearl Jam & STP as bands that had many more great songs and all 3 were much better live as seen them all back in the day. I worked venue security late 80′-to early 2002 and had chance to meet some of these guys and can say this w/o a doubt Kurt Cobain was a complete Jack Ass, Rock Star(which he always claimed not to want), he had no time for fans or staffers who were fans. On other hand I seen Eddie Vedder hang out for nearly 30 minutes waiting for one our female staffers to retrieve CD & Tee-Shirt she wanted signed, complete class act and seemed liked a regular guy, will always respect that, as we were often treated like shit by many bands that came through.

        • Nirvana made three albums yes, but they created a new genre was the biggest, most succesful band during there time and that decade, and they changed the music landscape.. How is that overrated. There fitting in the top 20..

  16. This thread is hilarious. Clearly a popularity contest… but the GLARING tragedy of this list is the complete absence of the blues legends. John Lee Hooker, BB, Muddy etc. They influenced popular music much more then they’re credited for. Drop Mariah, Beyonce and Genesis

    • Yes, I agree completely, where’s BB King and Muddy Waters?

    • How can you have the unmitigated audacity to suggest that Genesis be dropped from this list? This band survived forty years (from inception to the ’07 reunion tour) in an industry that, especially in the last two decades has favored flavor-of-the-moment artists over those with the intellectual capacity to not only write their own material, but play it as well. To add salt to the wound, you uttered their name in the same breath as Mariah and Beyonce. This makes me think that you saw nothing more of their music than what came out in the 80s, trivialized it as trashy pop and never took the time to analyze it further. That is a shame, I must say. Four decades of orginal music is nothing to sneeze at.

      You’re entitled to your opinion, I supppose. However, MY opinion is that Genesis deserves a spot on this list. In fact, they deserve a higher spot on this list. I think a spot in the twenties or thirties would definitely be fair.

  17. I laughed out loud when they went from Ray Charles to Metallica

  18. Radiohead barely cracks the top 40, Madonna barely makes it into the top 20, and Michael Jackson is at #3?

    First off, Michael Jackson has to be about one of the most overrated artists of all time. His career with the Jackson 5 was certainly impressive, and his solo career for a FEW YEARS was stellar…but his career started faltering with the Dangerous album as his videos and music were beginning to have less and less of an impact on pop culture. His albums thereafter were a total mess. HIStory? Yawn. It didn’t even do well commercially. Invincible? That was even more of a commercial and artistic disaster than HIStory. His career had been very weak for going on two decades by the time of his untimetely death. “This Is It” was touted as a return to form, the problem is, none of us got to see it and it was a one-city show, it wasn’t any sort of full blown tour which would’ve been expected of an artist like him…especially a “greatest” artist.

    Michael Jackson accomplished a lot during his career, but he peaked commercially and artistically around 1991 or so, and his last 15+ years in his career was pretty weak overall. Yet, he places at #3? Overrated as usual, especially due to his death.

    However, you then have living legends like Madonna and Radiohead, who’ve both been going strong for over two decades (Radiohead slightly less), have consistently put out material that leaves an impact on music, and you have someone like Madonna who’s touring success is unmatched as a female/solo artist (even doing better than MJ), and you have them at such low numbers?

    Who the heck put together this list? Sheesh.

    • I THINK YOU SHOULD GO DIE . MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE GREATEST. Most of the other artist aren’t together and didn’t have long lasting careers. Stupid bitch

    • There would be no great pop music without him. HE CHANGED MUSIC. So he should be number 1. No one else cam be as great as him. Not only is his music great, his charity, his caring personality. wow i hate you.

    • I completely agree with you. I was so glad that the Beatles topped Michael Jackson. I would have liked to see about 10 others do the same, but whatever. It seems that having the media over-exploit your death can get you far, but it can’t get you past the Beatles. He was a good artist, had a few hits, had one of the best selling albums of all time. Yea. So did ABBA, but no one gives them the same appreciation. I can’t believe people are saying to put him at number one. I feel like having the same gagging fit I had when his death was said to be the most shocking thing in music history. That’s right. Not John Lennon being shot, not The Day the Music Died. MJ’s overdose.
      And the people defending him are the same idiots that wouldn’t even listen to him before he died because they didn’t want to listen to a pedaphile. Seriously. Can anyone think for themselves around here?
      I agree with Madonna as well. I was also pretty upset about Billy Joel being number 51. Billy Joel being behind Sade? Wtf?

      • Daedsiluap1, you are completely ignorant and have no idea what you are talking about. Michael Jackson was proven INNOCENT, but you’re small brain probably doesn’t understand what means. He is by far the greatest artist and entertainer of all time. And to the person that said he peaked in 1991, that’s not true at all. Just because HIStory, Invincible, etc didn’t sell 100 million+ copies like Thriller DOES NOT mean that they are not influential or the music on them isn’t good.

        I’ve been a Michael Jackson fan for a good 6 years now. There are millions upon millions upon millions of people that loved him long before he died, so once again, you are just showing your ignorance. I feel awfully sorry for you and will pray for you to gain at least some knowledge.

    • Haha “living legend”, you are speaking of Madonna. lol.
      How about NO. Michael Jackson DOES very much deserve his place on this list. It doesn’t matter if he had one or two bad CDs towards the end of his life, it’s the TALENT that matters! He is above and beyond more talented than Madonna. He wrote his own songs, was an incredible dancer, and was probably one of the biggest artists of all time.

    • MJ was #2…. learn to read. And he deserves to be #1, every modern act credits MJ as a huge influence! It doesn’t matter what genre of music…they all look to MJ for inspiration. He wrote his biggest hits, composed them (created the beat), was a legendary dancer and vocalist. Enough said, Madonna is better at PR than an actual artist (she hasn’t written any of her biggest hits).

    • Thank god not you…Madonna lol why she in the top 20? She lip sings all the time and she can’t.not sing at all.

    • 1.His career didn’t crack up with HIStory!HIStory is the biggest-selling multiple-disc album of all time(20 million),check it out on Wikipedia.
      2.The HIStory world tour is his best grossing tour!Also the remix album Bloos on the dance floor(1997) is the best sellin remix album of all time(6 million)
      3.Invincible was not a faliure!The fact that you’ve know it says enough.It sold 13 million copies which is very good for 2001.The songs are not very famous because Michael was leaving sony and they didn’t promothe the album.There were only 3 singles and most of the songs didn’t have videos.But if you listen to it you’ll hear that it’s maybe his best albums!
      4.His carrear wasn’t very weak.It practiclly stopped after 2001.But until 2001 not 1 year was weak!And if you think about it he has 2 albums and tons of very good sellin compilations for the last decade so it didn’t really stop!
      I can write and write and write but I’m tired of explaining simple things like idiots to you.Madonna and Michael don’t belong in the same category by a long shot.And a musician is not judged by how many albums he/she releases or how many yers is he on the stage.Otherwise Cher would be on the 1st place.And btw Elvis’s carrear lasted way shorter than Michael’s.And don’t even get me started about Madonna because she doesn’t deserve to be in this top 100 at all!

    • michael jackson was a fuking pervert u got damn retards fuk em id put prince over him

  19. wtf ever happened to the sex pistols?fuckin kiss is on this list but the sex pistols arent??

  20. Kate Bush needs to be on this list!!! Seriously. How many musicians have named her as an inspiration? Not only the female singers, but fecking Big Boi and 2Pac have said they love her! Hell, about half the singers/bands on this list have either cited her as an inspiration or claimed she’s incredible. John Lydon says she’s “fucking brilliant” too, and she sure is. Amazing voice, writes all her own songs, plays piano beautifully, deep moving lyrics, delightfully quirky, and she’s absolutely drop dead gorgeous. She is one of a kind, and a real musical trailblazer. There is a HUGE difference between a “singer” and an “artist”. Guess which one Kate is.
    She should’ve been on this list…
    And a lot of the other musicians on this list should’ve been higher up. Radiohead higher than Fleetwood Mac? And Peter Gabriel way back at #55?! The people who compiled this list are morons.

  21. Where is Lauryn Hill? Ne-Yo? R. Kelly? MICHAEL JACKSON?

    • did u seriously not see michael jackson on the list, let alone think VH1 (the station that loves him the most) would include a greatest artists list, and not include him?

    • Ne-Yo and R. Kelly. R.Kelly urinated on a 14-year old! why would you want someone who is not only untalented but also a pervert on the list?

    • This is a joke. Ne-Yo and R. Kelly? IN THE LIST OF TOP 100 ARTISTS OF ALL TIME? That is so…wrong not to mention offensive. R. Kelly has done absolutely nothing for music and neither has Ne-Yo. As catchy as their songs may be, they are not musical pillars in the SLIGHTEST.

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  23. Where is Jeff Buckley? I think he certainly deserves a spot in the top 100 for the sheer raw passion he brought.

  24. UHHHHHHHHHHHH…..Buddy Holly isn’t one of the top 100 artists of all time??? Absolutely ridiculous.

  25. MJ should be number one without a doubt

  26. bob dylan #2?hmm maybe top five but DEFINITELY not better than michael jackson, it’s not even a question. and eminem not in the top 50? is that a joke?? there are SO many artists missing from this list too… i can’t even list them all, the funkadelic group was influential & all but they didn’t have a lot of hit songs… i mean where is RHCP?? they are AMAZING and have so many huge hit songs. & journey being at 96 is ridiculous. journey has the most downloaded song EVER and they are such a classic and amazing group. bleh!

  27. What about Dave Matthews?

  28. No love for Dave Matthews

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  30. This list is shit! VH1/MTV gets it wrong because there is no order for greatness… each era has its own great’s. What strikes me completely is how is it that there is not one Latin artist on this list? Are they kidding me? Tito Puente? C’MON, How is he NOT considered. Along with many of others, RHCP, Grateful Dead, E. Clapton. etc.

    As far as the Jay-Z placement debatable depending on who you rock with…doesn’t matter if he was 100, 50, or #1 Dude is one of the greats! Better than Marshall, yeah I said it, Pac, and BIG!!! “11 straight summers, Critics might not admit it, but nobody in rap did it, quite like I did it, if you did I done it before, you get I had it, got mad it and don’t want it no more… “Hovi Baby”

    Now imagine had HOV stayed retired, y’all wouldn’t be saying that BS, I guarantee it!!!

  31. Can someone please explain to me about this 2pac thing? WHY IS HE ONLY 69 and jayz and biggie are higher?? This is so crazy, THOUGHTS?!

  32. Justin Timberlake is better than Rush? The Holy Triumvirate?? Seriously?!

    This list was written by morons..

  33. I bet Scott was happy to see the Genesis nod.

  34. this list lost all credibility when Cold Play was on it. There’s no way Cold Play is one of the greatest 100 artists of all time.

  35. I gotta say…Boyz II Men…most successful r&b group of ALL TIME…but yea they probably shouldn’t be on it? what the hell??

  36. Where the hell is TOOL? The artistic and musical abilities of all four members of TOOL far surpass the likes of fucking cold play. Come on….seriously? There are many great bands they thankfully did include but not including Tool is like leaving Houdini out of the ‘The 100 Greatest magicians of all time’ list. May be a bad analogy but, fuck this!

    • It’s So FN True. Radiohead made it to #29 and considering who they were ahead of, I’m really happy they made the Top 30 and they definitely deserve it. Unlike other 100 Greatest Lists, this doesn’t say anything about the type of music, but is specifically centered on the actual Art created by The Greatest Artists Of All Time. TOOL are the American Version of Radiohead as far as Artistry, Talent & Insane Record Sales + Massive Amounts Of More Than Dedicated Fans are concerned. Danny Carey is easily one of the Best Drummers in the History of Music; In The Top 5 By Far and actually, now that I think about all
      Of those aspects and one of the Top 5 Drummers of all time, where the F#€K iS Dave Matthews Band At??!!! I Hadn’t Rhought About Them. With All Of

  37. Uhm. Johann Pachelbel should really be #1 if you think about it..

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    • Evans Blue, Soundgarden, and Smashing Pumpkins need to be on too!!

    • Yeah, but you need to consider the fact that those artists haven’t been around to make a huge impact on music. Don’t get me wrong, I like most the bands you listed, but just because you like them doesn’t mean they’re the best. The point of the list was to show musicians that have made an impact on the music industry somehow, and in a big way. In terms of impact, The Beach Boys have done a hell of a lot more than Breaking Benjamin.
      Having said that, I still think the list VH1 compiled is a piece of shit…

    • BTW, being dead has nothing to do with it, so I don’t know what the hell that Micheal Jackson statement is about. Half The Beatles are dead, and they’re #1. Oh, but maybe if they were all dead, they wouldn’t be on the list at all…

    • You’ve bested us all.

    • I’ve never seen so much horrible chach rock on one list before. I’m glad you weren’t voting

    • Did you really just consider Nickelback an “artist”…? Let alone a great one?

  39. I really don’t agree with a lot of the artists on here but, I can’t blame people for wanting to make lists, but I mean this is just a such a broad category that no one could it justice. Personally, I would have gone with non-ranked list, just a group of 100 artists. It just too hard to compare some of theses objectively in terms of “greatest”.

  40. the doors and kiss way too low….where is the eagles….bob dylan way too high..he wrote great songs but had 1 of the worst voices ever….more bands you missed e.l.o the sweet boston inxs ..what is all this jay z talk…..2pac was the best rapper ever by far….my top 10 10 elvis 9 the doors 8 michael jackson 7 2pac 6 kiss 5 rolling stones 4 stevie wonder 3 elton john 2 beatles 1 led zeppelin

  41. sade on but eagles not? seriously?

  42. There is a lot of problems I see with this list but Im gonna bring up two problems that bother me the most. Why the hell is Mariah Carey at #94? Mariah should be atleast in the top 20. And why is Jay-Z ahead of 2PAC? 2PAC should be higher on the list.

  43. only on vh1 will you find
    1. beyonce ranked higher than whitney, mariah, and mary.
    2. no lauryn hill or britney spears (i’m not a fan but come the eff on)
    3. the beatles ALWAYS number 1.

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      • Sorry but the Beatles were great artists but unfortunately they were not pioneers which makes Micheal Jackson a great candidate for the number one spot. He revolutionized pop and his crossover capabilities transcend any other artist.

        • You can’t be serious. The Beatles are the very definition of pioneers. I really hope you’re a troll.

        • THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING! The Beatles were completely original when they came out. I can honestly guarantee you that Michael Jackson would not be who he was without The Beatles existing. Seriously build a time machine, go back and make sure The Beatles were never together, come back today and Michael Jackson would not be a known figure. I do think that MJ revolutionized pop, but you have to realize that The Beatles revolutionized rock, and invented alternative rock.

        • Do you have a brain? No, no you don’t, if you did you wouldn’t have typed “Beatles weren’t pioneers”. Fuck you.

      • uh.. plenty have, they said it them selves “before Elvis there was no one” the only reason the Beatles are so famous is because of the time period, John Lennon played the era for his advantage. he used the rebellious youth to his advantage. their music was mediocre. bands like the who and the rolling stones are far better examples of influential music . not saying the Beatles are awful, just overrated. not to mention Lennon was a hypocritical douche

        • You’re entitled to your opinion on The Beatles, but to suggest that they were a mediocre band who merely capitalized on the social climate of the 60s to get big is just flat out wrong. They didn’t capitalize on anything, they created it. Without The Beatles, the 1960s as an era, and all subsequent music, would have been completely different (probably for the worse). If you knew anything about the band, you’d know that all of them, Lennon and McCartney most of all, didn’t give a fuck about what else was going on at the time (Lennon in particular would have rather jumped out a window than subscribe to any popular trend, or make a shameless bid for fame). They did exactly what they wanted, when they wanted, and the fact that their music was genius and more forward thinking than anyone else’s at the time are the reasons why they came to define an entire era.
          Basically, it wasn’t just some accident or twist of circumstance or being in the right place at the right time that gave The Beatles their impact. It was the quality of their music and their commitment to experimentation and desire to push rock forward that set them apart. No other band since has even come close to combining the amount of critical and commercial success that The Beatles did. That fact alone, the uniqueness of their career and accomplishment, debunks your entire point.

  44. How has anybody forgot the greatest singer of all time, FRANK SINATRA. Rap music or rock doesnt even come close to what Sinatra did. He has done songs through out the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s ,70s ,80s ,and 90s. That is SEVEN generations. You mean to tell me that justine timberlake, eminem, tupac, outcast, ll cool j, rage against the machine wut ever the fuck that is or guns n roses have better voices, more talent, and are better voices than Frank Sinatra. This is a bullshit list.

    • yeah frank should be on there

    • I watched it almost in dread. The biggest problem was pool voters, way too heavy with Rap & Hip-Hop Artist, some of these Rap & Hip-Hop Artist had their complete top 5 w/ all African American artist. In no way am I saying that many did not belong, but way too many were way too high when artist like Sinatra, Claypton & Greatful Dead did not even make it. Also, IMO Nirvana way overated, one position behind the the F-ng WHO, and again as other have said Elvis is got to be at the very least, even if you do not like him or that familar wth his music in the top 3, really should #1, he was and is the King. Another band that alway gets short end of these stupid list is Pearl Jam, one of the greatest American bands ever, actually in recent(last couple years)USA Today pole they actually were voted Best American Band of ALL-Time. I will never understand how so many people think Nirvana is/was a better band than PJ, if you go on VH1 own website and check PJ bio, it even says PJ was outselling Nirvana nearly 2-1 by late 92-93 and was a much better live act, and I can vouch for that having seen both in the early 90′s and even now PJ is just a Great show, took my wife(finally, she actually did not even like them, but went for our 17th wedding anny) to Philly 10/31 show closing the spectrum, they played for 3 hours & 45 mins, playing 30 plus songs! Since then we have seen them again in Hartford, another Great show, she now a huge fan!

    • I agree!!!

    • Thank God somebody else recognizes Frank Sinatra’s talent!!

    • oh, is this really a bullshit? then tell me how sinatra surpasses the beatles…

  45. artists instead of voices in last sentence.

  46. Without Sam Cooke there wouldn’t be a James Brown or Ray Charles, he created soul music. That is the most glaring ommision I saw from this list (one of many btw). He should definitely be in top 20.


    • no and how the fuck anyone thinks Radiohead is better than him or Aerosmith is FUCKING Radiohead isn’t even fucking better than REM

    • Johnny Cash no. 35
      john lennon no. 31
      paul mccartney no. 36
      Chuck Berry no. 25
      Aretha Franklin no.27
      Michael Jackson no. 2
      dancing and been crazy is the only way to be recognized
      george harrison in not even on the list.

  48. Wait, BOB DYLAN no. 2? Over MICHAEL JACKSON?? Oh, no, I don’t think so. Personally, I’d have liked to see Michael at #1, although I can totally understand and agree with The Beatles topping him, but he should have been #2 at least. But worse than that is BOB DYLAN being #2???? I personally never liked Bob Dylan, but even so, I just don’t think he changed the world of music and did half as much as Michael.

  49. I actually expected more from VH1, I cant beleive this list. Where did it come from? I mean last on the list are Depeche mode and Hall and Oats? Makes me want to barf.
    Heres the best quote of the day
    “VH1 list makers obviouslly are a bunch of kiss ass muther-fuckers that have no balls and will support whatever their company needs to support. ”
    Oh yea RUSH # 75/ What a joke.
    Go have a nice time listining to Jay Z in 10 years….not.

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